We’re on our way to see Grandma and Grandad – and uncles, aunts and cousins – for Christmas. Usually we fly all the way, but this year we are driving from Brisbane. We landed mid-morning Queensland time, but lunchtime in NZ, so as soon as we had picked up our rental car we headed for some food.
After lunch, we gave the kids quarter of an hour in the playground to stretch their legs. I popped into the adjacent shop for some snacks and water bottles for the trip, and as I put them in the car I noticed the parking sign.
“We might be in a spot of bother,” I informed The Dad, who was supervising the kids at the playground. He looked concerned, and I said, “We might have to stay a bit longer than we planned…”
Luckily, no-one tried to stop us when we left after only 45 minutes or so.
The drive is more than one day, so we have stopped for a couple of nights in a small town to recover from yesterday’s long journey and acclimatise a little bit. The place we’re staying has a children’s programme, and the girls enjoyed making Christmas decorations. Fainjin didn’t want to make an ornament, so he asked for some paper to draw a picture. When he was done, he brought it to show me.
“I decided to draw the water cycle,” he said. “With a crocodile.”
As you do. He even drew in some sunspots. That’s the sun in the upper left of the picture – it does have rays, but the yellow is difficult to see. He’s written “sun” underneath, in case of any doubt.
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